Board of Medical Examiners Permanently Revokes License of Physician Who Traveled Weekly from Rhode Island to Prescribe Large Quantities of Opioid Pain Medications to New Jersey Patients Without a Medical Basis
NEWARK – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (“NJ CARES”), and the Division of Consumer Affairs (“the Division”) announced today that the State Board of Medical Examiners (“the Board”) permanently revoked the license of an anesthesiologist who allegedly traveled once a week from her Rhode Island home to her office in Somerset County to indiscriminately prescribe large amounts of addictive opioids and other controlled dangerous substances (“CDS”) to patients.
Pramila Byahatti, who ran the Park Avenue Pain Management practice in Warren, saw approximately 45 patients during a 6.5 hour period each week, prescribing them high dosages of fentanyl, oxycodone, and other opioids without conducting required medical or psychological examinations, properly monitoring their intake of CDS, and screening them for substance abuse issues, according to a Complaint filed by the State on May 13, 2020.
Byahatti has been out of practice since July under a Board-ordered temporary suspension.
In a Final Consent Order filed on October 13, 2020, Byahatti agreed to the permanent revocation of her license as well as the payment of $50,000 in costs and penalties to resolve the allegations against her.